Bonus Books

Sometimes books are short and I'll have time to fit in a second book and I also enjoy listening to audio books on the way to work.  I'll list them here with a short review if it's worthwhile.

* * * *   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   * * * *

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Audiobook read by Dick Hill

The Adjustment Bureau by Phillip K. Dick
Audiobook read by Phil Gigante

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Audiobook read by Jim Dale
Read this one for the We Want YOU to Read French Authors Challenge for Bewareofthefroggies.  Check the review here.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Audiobook read by various (and amazing) readers

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
I won a copy of this book from a WWEND drawing.  Review here.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Audiobook read by Tracey Leigh

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Audiobook read by Stephen Fry

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Audiobook read by Casaundra Freeman
2011 Hugo Award Nominee
Read this one for the Once Upon a Time VI challenge hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings.  Review here.

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
Art and design by JM Ken Nimura
This was a great, short graphic novel about a young girl who's a DM, smarter than all the other idiots in her class and slayer of giants.  It begins light and fun moves to the heavy and sad.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I know, this isn't really SF but at least it does have an automaton... 
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 
Audiobook read by Michael Page
See the LOLL Read Along

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Read this one for the We Want YOU to Read French Authors Challenge for Bewareofthefroggies.  Check the review here.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Audiobook read by Ray Bradbury
I didn't enjoy this too much.  I liked to hear Bradbury's thoughts and musings about a book he wrote as a young man about my age, but the stories themselves didn't do much for me. 

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steve Sherrill
             Audiobook read by Holter Graham
See my review for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.  Yes I gave this one the MOE even though it isn't SF.  It's just that good.

Millennium Falcon by James Luceno 
Audiobook read by Marc Thompson
Marc Thompson was amazing!  He must have had nearly 30 different voices and was just supes fun to listen to.  They also included lots of sound effects and music which I suppose isn't all that exciting given that Lucas Arts likes to go big.  Probably the best quality audio book I've ever listened to.  The story is as fun as any Star Wars book.  This one obviously gives the history of the Falcon.  I love the Star Wars Universe, what can I say?

Not Simple words and art by Natsume Ono 
This is so, so sad.  Too sad.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi
2006 Hugo Award Nominee
This book has it all.  Philosophical quandaries such as the mind/body dualism, medical/bio ethics, consciousness, identity, the other and the list could go on and on.  This easily could be required reading for an undergrad philosophy course.  But there is also a ton of aliens (mostly violent/aggressive), ultra-cool speculative physicsend-of-life questions, love, sex, violence.   Truly deserving of the Elusive Mark of Excellence.  I can see myself reading this one many times in the next few years.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Audiobook read by Richard Ferrone
1993 Hugo Award Nominee
Red Mars is amazing beyond belief.  I read parts but listened to most.  Ferrone's voice is a little like a chainsaw but I got used to it and there were a few really magical moments scattered throughout.  It's as deep and complex as any 400 book series could be and it's only 500+ pages.  I   This is pretty hard SF.  Lots of details to get lost in but there are just as many emotions to completely ruin your day.  I can't imagine that everyone would love this but this has got to be considered required reading.  There is really too much to say about this one and I actually did write a couple times about this one, so you could always check those out here and here.  Definitely one of my favorite books.

Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Audiobook read by Michael Page
See the RSURS Read Along

Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Audiobook read by Scott Brick

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Retold from the original English version by Caroline Peachey
Illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Review forthcoming...possibly.
Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
Audiobook read by Phil Gigante
I could have sworn Phil Gigante was the stainless steel rat!  He really pulls off "Slippery" Jim DiGriz' self-righteous persona so well that I actually burst out laughing often.  This is such a fun book and I'm glad this is a long series because I can't wait to read or listen to the rest of the books!


  1. I listened to Phil Gigante do Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed --> his rendition of Mau Awa made my hair stand on end! Fantastic!!

    Was Millennium Falcon abridged? I tried to listen to some of the older Star Wars books via audio in order to re-read them, but had a hard time finding them unabridged.

    1. I'll have add that to Phil Gigante to my mile long TBR pile. After SSR I believe he could do it.

      MF was unabridged. I got it from the library, so I unfortunately have no advice for you. I've read a number of Star Wars books, but this was the first audiobook and it was a pretty awesome experience


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...